Pop Art


Spring is upon us! It’s such a lovely day outside…it’s hard not to feel creative!

I came across Jitish Patel, a designer based out of the U.K. His work has been seen internationally in advertising campaigns for French Connection, Esprit and Marriott Hotels. Additionally, his graphic illustrations has been printed and featured in numerous magazines and newspapers such as IdN.

From his website:

Jitesh Patel has several years’ experience in design and illustration, and set up his multi-disciplinary digital design studio, Jai Studio, in Shoreditch, London, in 2007. Services include illustration, advertising, logo design, and art direction to a varied clientele. 

 The studio has worked successfully for clients In England, as well as being commissioned by international clients. The studio’s drive is through creative design, excellence and over-the edge exploration; to create new possibilities to help clients thrive in an ever-changing design world.

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On Parr


Happy New Year (belated) and Gung Hei Fat Choi (also belated).

We’re well into 2013 (and the beginning of the year of the Snake). I hope you all had a lovely month and a half so far and I wish you a happy and harmonious 2013!

My first post for 2013 comes from an uber talented artist, Cate Parr. Based out of Los Angeles, she produces some lovely watercolour artwork! (Some of the prints seem to be sold out, but make sure to check often).

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It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything in my blog! Anywho, as much as I always say I’m going to devote more time to my blog I realize that I’m ALWAYS writing the same promise. I love all things beautiful, in particularly design, art, style, and typography. However, I usually just tweet something really quickly or upload it to my Pinterest.

As such, I’ve been quite busy with projects and school. I recently returned from a trip to NYC! My, it was such an amazing experience! First time in NYC…ever! The people there are quite friendly (contrary to stereotypes about ‘New Yawkers’).  Great city of culture, art, design, culinary tastes, and of course architecture – but I don’t have to tell you that about NYC!

The last time I saw some amazing architecture was my time in Turkey (specifically Istanbul). There, it seemed everywhere I turned I was in awe of the beautiful works of historical buildings and use of typography.

Geray Gencer, a Turkish lettering artist and graphic designer, perfectly marries the structural aspects of Istanbul’s architecture and typography. Here, he pays homage to the beautiful historical monuments of Istanbul with amazing typography. Very beautiful!

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 Artwork and design © geray gencer.

Chalk it up


My, my, my! The time has passed by so quickly and I’ve sorely neglected my blog:/ Busy with work and other projects have taken me away from posting regularly.

Things have finally died down a bit (better to be busy than not, right?). Though Vancouver is slowly falling into the winter months! Rain and gloom for the next nine months!

But back on it!  I’ll be sure to be on the look out for all things beautiful and fortunately today’s search came across Dana Tanamachi, a Graphic Designer and custom chalk letterer hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Tanamachi worked under the world renowned Louise Fili at Louise Fili Ltd. If you know anything about typography, you know anyone that worked at Lousie Fill Ltd. is worth their salt (and then some).  From Tanamachi‘s website:

Dana works full time as a custom chalk letterer and has been commissioned by clients such as West Elm, Rugby Ralph Lauren, Google, The Ace Hotel, Adidas, EveryDay with Rachael Ray, Harper Collins UK, and Garden & Gun Magazine.

She has been interviewed and featured on popular blogs such as Design*Sponge100 Layer Cake,Apartment Therapy, and Kottke.org.

In 2011, Dana was named a Young Gun (YG9) by the Art Directors Club.

And her work is just WOW! I love how her lettering and typography transforms into an intricate design and artwork (personally, my chalk experience is limited to hopscotch). Simply beautiful typography!

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And you can see her in action here:

Garden & Gun from Dana Tanamachi on Vimeo.

When you were a kid, did you ever stare at the ceiling trying to fall asleep at night? My parents had that old stucco prickly kind (sorry, the best way I could describe it) and I used to imagine them similar to stars and try to figure out any formation of design.

I came across Japanese designer Takeshi Sano, an Interior Designer based out of Japan. Sano created a ceiling design, using thousands of wooden sticks (up to 25,000!!) for Tsujita restaurant in Los Angeles, California (found via Contemporist.com). His designs reminded me of the old ‘pinface’ toy you used to see in novelty shops…but Sano’s designs are far from novelty. Here, the designer creates a scenic ‘cloud-like’ view above for the patrons of the establishment. The use of wooden sticks in conjunction to the space give off a natural, clean environment feeling. An environment where a patron can feel they are one with nature in a simplistic form.

From the designer:

I put image of clouds for the ceiling detail. There is IZUMO shrine, one of the most important shrine in Shimane Japan. The clouds we can see there, has beauty but mysterious image. I wanted to show those images on this design. I put 25000 of wooden sticks, which was shaped like drum stick on the ceiling.

In order to increase a reality of clouds, I calculate the focal length between eye line and wooden sticks and use that length for the stick length. Also I made difference on the distance between stick each other so that to make a stereoscopic effect to wooden cloud. Not only for this project. I’m always challenging to create a space that coexist art and interior. At the same time, I’d like people to feel the delicate of beauty, which Japanese have, and Japanese atmosphere when they visit here so that they will think that they want to visit Japan.  I’d like to make this restaurant as one of an element for Japanese reconstruction.Tsujita LA Ceiling 3Tsujita LA Ceiling 4Tsujita LA CeilingTsujita LA Ceiling 2

 Artwork and design ©  Takeshi Sano. Photography by Nacasa & Partners

Shelf life


Back from my Toronto trip! It was nice to get away from the big city of Vancouver…to the big city of Toronto! HA! Actually, it just felt good overall to escape from my normal responsibilities and just be on a little vacay! I happened upon Gay Pride in Toronto and it was glorious fun!

In my previous blog posts, I’ve talked about my love of books. I have so many travel, design, fiction, and textbooks (of course, some trashy novels, some of which I’m too embarrassed to admit here what I have lining my bookcase) that I’m pretty much spilling over in books. I am having a hard time trying to find room for all of it.

So it is interesting that I came across Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio‘s  (helmed by Kazuya Morita, an architect based out of Kyoto Japan)  architectural project with small spacing. Here, Kazuka Morita and Issei Kawashima used the confining space to create an extraordinary open design intertwined with the owner’s love of books (and interest in the Islamic culture). You can see how the design helps maximize the spacing yet is able to capture the essence of simple space. Additionally, Morita incorporates the owner’s vast collection of Islamic historical books within the confines of the small space. From Morita’s website:

In order to satisfy this demand effectively, we designed a lattice structure made from 25mm thick laminated pine-board which serve as book-shelves. The dimensions of each shelf are as follows: 360mm height, 300mm width and 300mm depth. All of the architectural elements in this space (stairs, windows, desks, chairs, etc) have been designed on the basis of this shelf scale, with the aim of achieving geometrical harmony which is comparable to Islamic Architecture. This innovative structural system affords not only large amount of book storage, but the possibility of flexible floor level which can be delivered from every height of bookshelf. Each space for different activity rise up helically, giving the impression of exploring a wooden jungle gym…. Islamic calligraphy on the wall, it is written in Arabic, but the language is Japanese and Turkish.  The biggest one, written as “kun-pu-tei”, means “istanbul house”, it is the name of the house and the others are Turkish  greetings.

The incorporation of books and Islamic influence reminds me of my wonderful trip to Istanbul!

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Why so serious?


YAY! Solstice happened yesterday and the sun finally made an appearance! I’m not digging the whole ‘days getting shorter’ gig. But I’m happy to see that summer has finally arrived! I’m also counting down the days to my Toronto trip – who knows what I’ll find there?

I’ve found another beautiful packaging design on my one of my fave things…chocolate! The famous brand/design firm Edenspiekermann designed this gorgeous package design for Tcho’s new addition to their line of chocolates Serious Notes, aptly named Purenotes (dark chocolate). Mmm…my mouth is totally drooling (plus my eyes are gazing lovingly at the beautiful package design). I simply love love love the geometrical clean lines of the design. Also, the packaging uses cold foil!

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